VM 18 On The Way

VM 18

Acquired one of the last of the Vaporesso VM tanks available to me via Element Vape is on the way. Even Vaporesso itself was sold out. This tank uses the venerable EUC ceramic coils which are arguably one of the best pre-made sub-ohm coils out there for flavor and longevity. The decision was made because of the current cost, availability and selection of simple bridges for Boro style tanks. We will see how this goes. More later.

SXmini SL Class V2 In The House!

Just in today! Temp control is spot on and the chip is SUPER fast as usual. Good materials and excellent build quality. Interesting temp control variations but I still don’t like the joystick navigation. The only thing the joystick does well is take up less space on the faceplate. Love the form factor. Glad to see YiHi is going back to their roots as they have not produced a new SL class in around six years. Highly recommended.

The Current Collection

Update: the interesting thing is that you cannot just adjust voltage like a “normal” voltage override mode without the chip doing its calculation on the resistance of the current coil, the battery level and the average room temperature setting. They call it “Intelligent VV”, It appears to always give you the safest setting it thinks is best by leveraging battery efficiency. You cannot override the coil resistance sensitivity and of course the chip sensing the battery level. You can manually adjust the resistance and lock the resistance. With the few atty’s I have tried, the chip takes over the computation of what it thinks is best. I have yet to see more than 6V applied. It will reach 100W shown but always adjusts voltage to achieve that setting. Also, it appears that the curves function is always on, there is no bypass for curves. You either run flat or pick the levels of heat they have picked for you. Where this chip shines is in TC and speed. In TC mode you can go in and adjust voltage and temp but you cannot override the sensing to go over what it thinks is safe for the coil read. It also has an average room temp adjustment which I think also adds to its equation on safety. In other words they have broken down the settings for manually tweaking into 5 presets making the choices easier for the “average” user. Making safety as the top priority. You can go into EQ mod and adjust each line in a graph for a percentage of temperature but I doubt anyone will tweak at this level as it takes so much time to do this which each coil you attach. One other thing is the manual says in the Menu Tweaks menu, there is a setting for Auto Watt when in fact the menu reads Auto Power. This would indicate to me that the manual was written and printed before they made a firmware update. The manual does not mention what Auto Watt/Power is for and what it does. Still trying to figure that out. If anyone knows, please let me know.

Stock Art

Regulation Happens… To Synthetic Nicotine

Newer Five Pawns synthetic nicotine flavors

I have never tried synthetic nic. I never wanted to, but for those who do, there is trouble ahead. Even Five Pawns switched to synthetic nic. Here is breakdown from the National Law Review by Azim Chowdhury.

“FDA Receives Authorization to Regulate Synthetic Nicotine
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
On March 15, President Joe Biden signed a $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government through September. The bill, as passed, includes a provision amending the definition of “tobacco product” in Section 201(rr) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”) as “any product made or derived from tobacco, or containing nicotine from any source, that is intended for human consumption.” 21 U.S.C. 321(rr). Now that it is law, this provision closes the synthetic nicotine “loophole” and puts synthetic nicotine products under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) tobacco regulatory authority.

The law will become effective 30 days after the bill’s enactment, i.e., on April 14, 2022 (“Effective Date”). Any synthetic nicotine product currently on the U.S. market as of April 14, 2022, can remain on the market for an additional 30 days until May 14, 2022 (the “Synthetic Nicotine PMTA Submission Deadline”). Manufacturers of synthetic nicotine products wishing to take advantage of FDA’s compliance policy and enforcement discretion after that date must submit a premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) to FDA by the enforcement date. If a PMTA is submitted in a timely manner, the product(s) may remain on the market for an additional 90 days after the effective date, i.e., until July 13, 2022. After July 13, 2022, any synthetic nicotine product not authorized by FDA must come off the market.

EVENT DATE NOTES
Bill Enactment March 15, 2022
Effective Date April 14, 2022
Deadline for any new* synthetic nicotine products to enter the market

Deadline for modified synthetic nicotine products to remain on the market

Synthetic Nicotine PMTA Submission Deadline May 14, 2022 (Saturday)
Deadline for submitting PMTAs for all synthetic nicotine products on the U.S. market as of the Effective Date
Final date July 13, 2022 (Wednesday) Deadline for unauthorized synthetic nicotine products to remain on the U.S. market
Notably, under the provision, a synthetic version of an existing nicotine product that went through the PMTA process and is now subject to a Refuse-to-Accept (RTA), Refuse-to-File (RTF), Marketing Denial Order (MDO), or withdrawal of a marketing order may not be marketed beyond the effective date, i.e., April 14, 2022. In other words, products originally formulated with tobacco-derived nicotine that were refused or denied authorization by FDA, then modified to use synthetic nicotine instead (and that is the only modification), will effectively be banned on April 13, 2022. Manufacturers of these products will not be given an opportunity to submit a new PMTA. This appears to be Congress’s way of doubling down on products that, in Congress’ view, switched to synthetic nicotine to get around the PMTA process.

Beyond the PMTA submission requirement, manufacturers of synthetic nicotine products will be subject to all requirements of regulations for tobacco products. This likely includes all other Tobacco Control Act requirements, including tobacco product establishment registration and product listing; ingredient listing; label compliance; and health document submissions, among others. We anticipate that FDA will provide guidance on deadlines for these requirements in the near future.”

https://www.natlawreview.com/article/fda-receives-authorization-to-regulate-synthetic-nicotine

Flavor Lot

After purchasing a collection of individual flavors from someone not using them, this is my DIY flavor list as of today with the help of e-liquid-recipes. Please leave a comment if you use any of these and with what recipes. Italic indicates what I had already purchased new.

555 Gold (Inawera)
7Leaves Ultimate (FA)
Bakery Spice Blend (VTA)
Banana (FA)
Banana Cream Pie (Gremberry)
Beer Nuts (Flavorah)
Black Honey (Tobacco) (TPA)
Blackout (ENYAWREKLAW)
Blue Gremlin (Gremberry Farms)
Blueberry Extra (TPA)
Blueberry(Wild) (TPA)
Caramel (Caramello) (FA)
Caramel Popcorn and Peanuts (SC)
Cinnamon Sugar (SiLine) (CP)
Coffee, Espresso (Dark Bean, Caffe) (FA)
Cuprian (ENYAWREKLAW)
Cured Tobacco (Flavorah)
Double Apple (Cap)
Dulce de Leche (TPA)
Dulce de leche caramel (TPA)

Fig (VTA)
Flue Cured (Hangsen)
Fuji Apple (Cap)
Funfetti (ENYAWREKLAW)
Glory (FA)
Gold Ducat (Inawera)
Golden Virginia (FE)
Graham Cracker Clear (TPA)
Hazelnut
Horchata (Cap)
Joker / Burlone (Pazzo) (FA)
Juicy Peach (Cap)
Li Hing Mui (DFS)
Mandarin (FA)
Mango (Costarica Special) (FA)
Mango Sticky Rice (Shyndo)
Marshmallow (Cap)
Oatmeal Raisin (Flavorah)
Peanut Butter (DX) (TPA)
Pistachio Cream (SC) (WF)
RY-4 (Inawera)
Scotchies
Shacks Lama(DIY)
Stacio-RY4U (ENYAWREKLAW)
Sweet Mango (Cap)
Sweet Tangerine (Cap)

Tobacco Nutty Princess- (Inawera)
Tobacco Virginia (Inawera)
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (Cap)
Vanilla Custard (Cap)
Vanilla Custard (FA)
Vanilla Custard II (TPA)

Vanilla Ruyan Custard (WF)
Whipped Marshmallow (Silverline) (Cap)
White Gremlin (Gremberry Farms)
Winter Oak (GJ)
Yellow Cake (FW)

SAGA The Beast

Just in the other day, these were on sale over at Vaperz Cloud and had an impulse moment. I saw the Ultem model last year on line and was impressed by the look of the mod. I was not aware they had several other models as well and found the Iced Out was in stock and on sale for $75, so I picked it up. This is the first dual 21700 serial mech mod I have procured but not the first serial mod I have owned as I bought the Wismec Noisy Cricket designed by Jaybo back in 2016 for $40.

For those of you that are not familiar with a serial configuration, it is basically two batteries stacked on top of each other. You get 8.4 Volts (3.7V x 2) and about the same mAh as one battery. Parallel configurations, two batteries side by side, give you the same Voltage output 3.7V but twice the mAh. Most dual, triple and quad battery mods are set up in parallel.

Some mods like the Noisy Cricket give you both a Serial and Parallel connection providing you flexibility. It does this by changing the physical configuration on the bottom battery connections. There are some other mech mods that can do this like the Hammer of God but I am not personally familiar with them at this time.

It has been years since I built coils for a high voltage situation and had to review some you tube videos. I found Richard Vick’s video quite helpful also made in 2016.

Building for Series by Richard Vick

Basically, I had to build a dual coil RDA to about .7 to 1 ohm which means I had to build each coil to about 1.4 ohm’s to 2 ohm’s.

I wanted more flavor than a single wire can provide so after about 4 attempts to get it right without too much fast heat I dug out/found some simple 26ga x 32ga Kanthal Clapton wire made by GeekVape that worked well and ended up using the Vaperz Cloud Asgard Mini RDA.

Geek Vape Kanthal Clapton Wire

I was able to achieve .909 ohms with 12 wraps of each coil to get them to around 2 ohm’s each. As Richard stated, Kanthal has a higher resistance than stainless steel which I usually build with. The lower ohm builds prior to this one I found to be just too hot too fast and so a just slight push of the fire button to get totally blown out. I have a little more time with this build to heat the coils to a heat level that is more comfortable for me.

I love the aesthetic look of the SAGA. It is well made and feels nice in the hand because of the shape of the mod. All the connections are silver plated for better connectivity and less resistance. The center pin is adjustable for use with different rda’s center pin lengths. The switch feels solid and had a good resistance to the push and has room to feel the heat (not just on and off). The Acrylic is thick and solid. Ultem is stronger but it was out of stock and more expensive as well. This page explains the differences between Acrylic and Ultem plastic.

All in all, I can recommend the SAGA if you want something different and feel comfortable working with the high voltage it puts out quickly.

I have more information on mech mods here.

Stop The Excessive Tax!

A crippling new federal tax on safer nicotine products and low-risk alternatives to smoking is being proposed as part of the funding bill for President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan. This tax would severely limit Americans’ access to safer alternatives and would only punish people who are trying to quit smoking by making all nicotine and smoke-free tobacco products unaffordable. 

Below is a table showing the devastating effects of this proposed tax on nicotine (TFN, synthetic, and tobacco-derrived), and how it would affect bottled e-liquids. These figures are just the extra taxes you’ll be paying and don’t include the cost of the e-liquid.

Take Action Now : https://casaa.org/call-to-action/stop-an-excessive-federal-tax-on-safer-nicotine-products/